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  • Published: 5 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141965482
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320
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Augustine

Conversions and Confessions




A major new interpretation of how one of the great figures of Christian history came to write the greatest of all autobiographies

'Give me chastity, but not yet', young Augustine famously prayed to God. From his time as a sexual sinner and member of an outlawed heretical sect to his eventual conversion to Christianity, his masterpiece the Confessions is a classic study of anguish, hesitation and what he believes to be God's intervention. It has inspired philosophers, Christian thinkers and monastic followers, but it still leaves readers wondering why exactly Augustine chose to compose a work like none before it.

In this book, Robin Lane Fox follows him on a brilliantly-described journey through his various conversions and their sequels. He combines the latest scholarship with recently-found letters and sermons by Augustine himself to give a portrait of his subject which is subtly different from older biographies. Anyone with an interest in pagans and Christians, in Christian biography and responses to the Bible will be fascinated by the range of young Augustine's mind and the context in which this exceptional book puts him.

  • Published: 5 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141965482
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320
Categories:

About the author

Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox was born in 1946 and educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of New College and University Reader in ancient History. Since 1979 he has been weekly gardening correspondent of the Financial Times. Alexander the Great won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the W.H. Heinemann Award on its first publication in 1973.

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